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What’s Cooking – Food Preservation

Posted on August 19, 2019

Even in the heat of summer, Iowa farmers were historically preparing for the winter to come. Harvested foods had to be preserved for winter and without reliable refrigeration until the 20th century, freezing wasn’t an…

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What’s Cooking – Fruits and Vegetables

Posted on August 13, 2019

Iowans have enjoyed the produce of their gardens in late summer for hundreds of years. The Ioway farmers looked forward to squash, beans, and sweet green corn. Pioneers enjoyed fresh berries, tomatoes, and other seasonal…

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What’s Cooking – Beef and Pork

Posted on August 5, 2019

For many people, a Midwestern dinner is built around a central dish of meat. It was the main protein source throughout much of the 18th and 19th century. The Ioway culture was built around when…

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What’s Cooking – Breads and Leavenings

Posted on July 29, 2019

Bread, of some form, was a staple for most Iowa farming families, beginning with Native American cultures. The Ioway made unleavened corn bread baked on hot stones around their open fires. Pioneers used both corn…

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